RateMyProfessors correlates with prof evaluations

April 27, 2008

While professors like to say RateMyProfessors.com is a less-than-reliable source, a new study claims there is "high correlation" between results on RateMyProfessors and IDEA, a national student evaluation system used by about 275 schools across the US.  The study finds correlations in rankings on the ease of courses and professors' "clarity" and "helpfulness." The high correlation offers "preliminary support for the validity of the evaluations on RateMyProfessors.com." Inside Higher Ed